Woman's body removed from woodland

A post mortem on the body of a woman found in woodland in West Norfolk will be carried out tomorrow.The body of the woman, whose death is being treated as unexplained, was tonight removed from woodland close to the A10 at Watlington and transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn ahead of the post-mortem, due to be carried out by Home Office pathologist Ben Swift.

A post mortem on the body of a woman found in woodland in West Norfolk will be carried out tomorrow.

The body of the woman, whose death is being treated as unexplained, was tonight removed from woodland close to the A10 at Watlington and transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn ahead of the post-mortem, due to be carried out by Home Office pathologist Ben Swift.

Crime Scene Investigators have conducted a forensic examination of the scene from first light yesterday. Other items believed to be connected to the body have been found nearby, including a rucksack containing what police were describing as personal items and other sundries.

Det Chief Inspector Neil Firm, who is leading the investigation, said: “While our investigation continues, from enquiries made so far it appears that the woman is not from the Norfolk area.

“We are currently making enquiries with another force to work towards making a positive identification.”

By yesterday morning police had sealed off the scene, a small copse off Barnard's Lane, which leads from the centre of the village to Home Farm.

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A tent had been put up to protect the scene from the elements, as a minute search of the area was carried out.

Det Chief Insp Firm said: “ At the moment we are treating the death as unexplained. There have been some developments overnight, we've found some personal affects.

“Enquiries are being made to establish the identity of the woman, whose age is not yet known.

“A forensic examination of the scene will take place before the body is removed and a Home Office post-mortem carried out.”